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Galapagos Safari Wildlife Adventure Galapagos Safari Wildlife Adventure
10 Days from $6,310 p/p in USD Departures: Year Round
 

Enjoy this adventure of a lifetime by discovering the Galapagos Islands off the beaten track. Camp in the upper part of Santa Cruz Island with giant tortoises; explore the vast marine wildlife snorkelling at Kicker Rock with sea lions and marine turtles; bike ocean shore trails searching for flamingos, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and more; kayak around Tintoreras islet with penguins and sea lions. Enjoy all of these amazing activities and stay in the very best locations on the Galapagos Islands with waterfront luxury lodges and hotels surrounded by beautiful landscapes and wildlife.

Overview

  • Country:
    Ecuador
  • You will visit:
    Quito; Galapagos Islands National Park; San Cristobal, Isabela, Santa Cruz and North Seymour islands
  • Tour type:
    small group
  • Safari standard:
    luxury-plus, luxury, camping
  • Wildlife:
    Giant tortoise, sea turtles, penguins, eagle rays, sea lions, fur seals, sharks, dolphins, whales, tropical fish, marine iguanas, yellow warbler birds, frigate birds, several species of Darwin finches, blue-footed and Nazca boobies and much more
  • Viewing by:
    Mountain bike, boat, snorkelling, swimming, kayaking, hiking
  • Getting around:
    Internal flights, transfer vehicle, boat
  • Arrive/Depart:
    Start/end in Quito

Trip Highlights 

  • Camping in Santa Cruz Highlands
  • Discover the age of giant tortoises
  • Explore North Seymour Island with blue footed bobies, frigate birds and land iguanas
  • Swim with turtles and sea lions at Kicker Rock
  • Kayak with penguins and sea lions at Tintoreras Islet
  • Snorkel under the lava tunnels with penguins, turtles and sharks
  • Encounters with wild giant tortoises
  • Bike beach shoreline trails looking for flamingoes and marine iguanas
  • Visit Charles Darwin Research Station

Trip Info

  • Difficulty level: Moderate to challenging. This program is located in The Galapagos Islands and includes multisport activities, long hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano, snorkeling almost every day, sea kayaking to view wildlife and biking mostly on flat roads
  • Activities: Wildlife, hiking, biking, kayaking, snorkelling, swimming
  • Kayaking time: 2 hours
  • Snorkelling time: 1-2 hours per day
  • Biking time: 3 hours total
  • Hiking time: El Chato Tortoises Reserve 1 hour, North Seymour Island 1 hour and 30 minutes 
  • Season: Year round
  • Altitude: From sea level (most activities) to 1,200m (3,937 ft) at Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Service level: Luxury - 5 Star Hotels
  • Minimum age: 6 years
  • Group size: Maximum 10, average 8
  • Average temperature: December to May: 80-90ºF / 25-30ºC, June to September: 60-70ºF / 15-20ºC, October to December: 70-80ºF / 15-25ºC
  • Water temperature: The waters of the Galapagos Islands are a unique mixture of warm and cold water, ranging between 65ºF and 85ºF
  • Trip leaders and guides: They are highly experienced, licensed to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid responders. We always carry a complete first aid kit on our trips. In some locations and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service. In the Galapagos Islands, minimum 4 participants for the AJ trip leader service are required.
  • Sustainable eco-tourism: Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands, and learn about the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both local people's cultural identity and the environment. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage and we prefer to work with local suppliers. Your visit will encourage the local communities to support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.
  • Health: Yellow fever, hepatitis B vaccination and malaria medication are mandatory for this trip. We strongly recommend you ensure that routine immunisations such as tetanus and diphtheria are up to date and to consider hepatitis A and typhoid vaccinations. Please ask your doctor for advice.
  • All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are travelling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same sex. If you prefer to have a single room, this can be arranged prior to your departure at an extra cost.

Day by Day

Day 1: Quito arrival day 

Welcome to Quito! The largest, best-preserved colonial city of America was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire. Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the town of Quito and the surrounding area. Adventure Journeys can help you to organize a day trip. In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel for a welcome briefing and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an information and acclimatisation day.

Accommodation: Swissotel or similar 

Day 2: Galapagos, San Cristobal Island 

Today we get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago along the Pacific coast and the place where Charles Darwin based his theory of the evolution of species. We board a morning flight from Quito to the island of San Cristobal (2 hour 45 minutes in a regular size aircraft with about 140 passengers). On arrival, we have a transfer to the hotel in the town of Puerto Moreno and a short briefing about the next few days, before the adventure begins. In the afternoon we head to "La Loberia", which is both home beach and nursery for large Galapagos sea lions. We can spot them launching over rocks or just lazily dozing in the sand. We also get to see yellow warbler birds, frigate birds and several species of Darwin finches along the beach. In between the rocks we can find marine iguanas which you can only see in Galapagos. We also have the time to go for a refreshing swim, explore the waters with our snorkel equipment and enjoy the beach.

Accommodation: Golden Bay or similar

Day 3: San Cristobal - Kicker Rock 

In the morning, we will take a speed boat to Kicker Rock (45 mins), also known as the Sleeping Lion (Leon Dormido), located off the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, two vertical rocks rise 500 ft above the ocean, forming a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight due to the many tropical birds, frigate birds and boobies that fill the sky in this area. Beneath the sea, the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish, such as rainbow fish, and sharks like hammerhead, reef and white tip sharks. After lunch, we visit Sea Lions Island (Isla de Los Lobos). This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome us to their home with open fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see.

Accommodation: Golden Bay or similar  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Isabela Island - Safari Camp Scalesia

In the morning, we will take a short flight to Isabela Island (45 mins in a small aircraft with 9 passengers). The largest island in the archipelago, Isabela Island is where the most volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported. The island is formed by six shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf, five of them still active, and therefore the island is one of the most volcanically active places on earth. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October). In the afternoon, we head out on our mountain bikes to explore the beautiful coastline on an exclusive trail, taking us through an incredible ecosystem with a wide variety of wildlife.

We start with a visit to the Wall of Tears, a massive wall built with lava rocks. This site dates back to the '50s, when Isabela was used as a penal colony and prisoners were forced to build the wall to keep them from going mad because of the isolation they experienced. As we continue our ride along the coast we explore pristine white sand beaches, mangrove forests and lagoons. This area is filled with birdlife, including American oyster catchers, herons, flamingos, finches and many shore birds, as well as the ubiquitous sea lions and marine iguanas. After dinner we can enjoy a breathtaking sunset on the beach of Puerto Villamil.

Accommodation: Scalesia camp or similar  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Lava Tunnels and Tintoreras

Today we will explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the Volcanic Island along the seashore (45 min boat trip). This magical place is been used by the staff of BBC /National Geographic for their documentaries. It is a labyrinth of lava arches inside the breakers with crystal clear water full of huge sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, fish, white tipped reef sharks and more. Turtles navigate their own highway from the mangroves to the open sea through "Los Tuneles". Over here, we will have the best snorkeling opportunity with all these beautiful animals, including the curious Galapagos penguin playing around. In the afternoon we go kayaking in Tintoreras islet to watch sea lions, penguins, turtles and marine iguanas.

Accommodation: Scalesia camp or similar  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Charles Darwin Research Station

In the morning we embark on a fast boat from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island (2 hours). During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October). Once we arrive we will check in at the hotel. We have time to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about many of the endemic species we met during our adventure, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands. Afternoon free time to explore the Tortuga bay, one of the best beaches in the Galapagos islands and see Puerto Ayora, the largest town of the archipelago where some shopping time is recommended.

Accommodation: Silberstein Hotel 

Day 7: Santa Cruz Highlands - Safari Camp

In the morning, we will head to the 'El Chato' Reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos giant tortoise in its natural habitat. Hiking through lava tunnels in El Chato's beautiful scenery with those lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! We also see the fantastic formation of the twin craters with other highland wildlife such as flycatchers, owls, anys and various number of Darwin finches on our hike. Afternoon check in at our beautiful camp site and explore the surrounding areas.

Accommodation: Safari Camp or similar  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: North Seymour - Safari Camp

Today we will go to the small island of North Seymour, home to many different species of animals. It's the best place to see frigate birds with red balloons, romantic blue footed boobies dance, land and marine iguanas, Galapagos sea lions and fur seals, other sea birds such as swallow-tailed gulls, shearwater and tropic birds. The walk takes around two hours in this magic place. Afterwards we head back to the boat for lunch before sailing to Bachas beach which is a nesting area for sea turtles. There is a small lagoon where flamingos can be seen occasionally and we can go snorkelling. 

Accommodation: Safari Camp or similar  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Transfer to Baltra, flight back to Quito

After our final breakfast on the Galapagos Island and the last photos taken of sea lions, we transfer to Baltra's airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland.

Accommodation: Swissotel or similar

Day 10: Departure Day

Today our trip will end and you will have your international departure. Take with you your and photos and leave a piece of your heart, as you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you a "buen viaje"!

Meals: Breakfast

Rates

RATES - PER PERSON USD 


From USD 6,310 per person


Includes

  • Activities: Camp in Santa Cruz highlands, snorkel at Kicker Rock, bike to the Wall of Tears, kayak in Tintoreras, explore Lava Tunnels, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, hike in Santa Cruz el Chato Giant Tortoises Reserve, hike and snorkel at North Seymour Island 
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy: 2 nights in first class hotel in Quito, 2 nights camping at luxury safari camp, 5 nights at luxury water front hotels and lodges
  • Transportation: Flight Quito–Galapagos–Quito airfare, airport transfers (national flights), one way flight San Cristobal-Isabela, sea transportation Santa Cruz-Isabela islands, comfortable land and sea transportation
  • Meals included: 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Outdoor gear: Snorkel mask and fins, life vest, mountain bikes, helmets, kayaks and paddles
  • Trip Leader: Certified EPL expert English-speaking adventure trip leader and lo Certified EPL expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader (minimum 4 people for this service) and naturalist local guides in Galapagos National Park


Excludes

  • My Own Room supplement cost
  • Airport transfers (international flights)
  • International flights
  • Mandatory travel insurance
  • Meals not described in the itinerary (budget USD220)
  • Galapagos National Park fee (USD100 per person, subject to change)
  • INGALA transit card (USD20, subject to change)
  • USD10 per person for a "pier use fee" at Puerto Villamil (Isabela Island)
  • Wetsuit for rent USD10
  • Tips

 


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Available year round - contact us to discuss your dates. 

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